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    Walmart agrees to pay $7.5 million after allegations of discrimination against same-sex employees

    NEW YORK – Walmart has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a suit that alleged the chain discriminated against gay employees. The class-action suit, which was announced Friday, claimed that Walmart denied spousal health insurance benefits to same-sex employees between 2011 and 2013. Jacqueline Cote filed the complaint in July 2015 on behalf of other Walmart employees whose same-sex spouses were also denied health insurance. It was not immediately known how many current and former Walmart employees would be affected […]

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    Teenager with rare genetic disorder shoots and scores

    Hillsboro, NH – Tristan Willmott is not your typical high school basketball standout. At 3’5″, it’s not the sophomore’s ball-handling skills that make him sparkle, it’s his height. “When I saw Tristan come in, I thought he was somebody’s little brother,” said Andrew Jones, junior varsity basketball coach at Hillsboro-Deering High School. Tristan, 15, has a rare genetic disorder called Mulibrey nanism, a form of dwarfism that impedes growth and affects the muscles, liver, brain and eyes. Tristan has struggled with the […]

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    Love Taco Bell but trying to eat healthier? Here is what you should order

    Editor’s note: This story is part of a series on finding the healthiest menu options at some of the most popular fast food restaurant chains.  When you take a trip to Taco Bell, it’s probably not because you are in the mood for a salad — probably not even a taco salad. Chances are, you’re craving comfort food or something indulgent, such as a smothered burrito or a hash brown-filled Crunchwrap. It may not surprise you to hear that these […]

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    University of Tennessee professor: ‘Gatlinburg was made to burn’

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. — The devastating wildfires that struck this week in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, could not have been stopped, experts say. Sudden winds reaching near-hurricane force caught people offguard, separated them from loved ones and forced thousands down tiny, winding mountain roads in pure panic. Some 700 structures have been lost, over 15,000 acres have burned, 11 people have died and more are still missing. “The conditions that we normally experience in this region are not conducive to wildfires,” Great Smokey […]

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    Cyberbullied teen kills herself in front of family as they begged her not to do it

    TEXAS CITY, Texas – Brandy Vela’s bedroom is covered in post-it notes. “You will always own a piece of my heart,” said one. “You will never be forgotten,” said another. Blue hearts, for her “beautiful blue eyes,” are taped up and down her high school hallway. All of them a heartbreaking reminder of a life cut short. Vela killed herself this week, putting a gun to her chest while her family begged her not to. She was 18 years old […]

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    Creator of McDonald’s Big Mac dies at 98

    NEW YORK – The man who created the Big Mac, which went on to be one of the world’s best known sandwiches, died Monday. Michael ‘Jim’ Delligatti, who invented McDonald’s two-tiered burger at his Uniontown, Pa. franchise, was 98. Delligatti began tinkering with the store’s burger in the mid-1960s. He added a second burger and six other ingredients. But, he labored for two years to come up with the right combo for his “special sauce.” Delligatti first introduced the seven-ingredient […]

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    Tacoma police officer killed; suspect dead after using kids as human shield

    TACOMA, Wash. – The suspect accused of shooting and killing a Tacoma, Washington, police officer was killed early Thursday after a standoff with authorities that lasted for hours, officials said. A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy shot the suspect, who had been using two children as a shield, Detective Ed Troyer said. “We didn’t want the kids to get hurt on top of everything that happened. Unfortunately, such a horrible situation, this could have ended a lot worse,” Troyer told reporters. “The […]

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    Kidnappers with covered faces ‘branded’ California mom, officials say

    LOS ANGELES — A missing Northern California mother found alive last week was branded by two female abductors who covered their faces during her three-week captivity, authorities said Wednesday. Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko declined to describe the type of brand or where the captors branded Sherri Papini’s body “for the integrity of the investigation.” “She related that both of the subjects spoke in Spanish the majority of the time of her captivity,” Bosenko said at a news conference. Bosenko […]

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    3-year-old dies after tragic window blind cord accident

    Elsie Mahe, the 3-year-old daughter of Brigham Young University running backs coach Reno Mahe, died Tuesday, more than a week after accidentally tangling a window blind cord around her neck. The family shared the update on social media. A week earlier, Elsie was playing with a friend when the incident happened, according to a Facebook page created in support of the Mahe family by one of their neighbors. Her friend ran and told Elsie’s mom, Sunny, who immediately started CPR. […]

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    Dolly Parton starts fund for families affected by Tennessee fires

    Country music star Dolly Parton says she wants to help families in her community in eastern Tennessee whose homes and memories were reduced to ashes this week. She’s created a fund through her Dollywood Companies and hopes to give each family affected by the wildfires $1,000 a month for six months to help them get “back on their feet.” “I’ve always believed charity begins at home and my home is some place special,” she said in a video message released […]

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    Over 1M Google accounts infected by hackers in ‘Gooligan’ attack

    NEW YORK – Once again, hackers are showing why you should never, ever download apps outside official app stores. Hackers have gained access to more than 1.3 million Google accounts — emails, photos, documents and more — by infecting Android phones through illegitimate apps. That discovery comes from computer researchers at Check Point, a cybersecurity firm. On Wednesday, Google confirmed to CNNMoney the nature and extent of the problem. The hackers have managed to steal digital “tokens” that give them […]